Bell's Park and Quarry by William Simpson (1823-1899) Love Loan ran along the southern edge.
© Glasgow Museums


“At the west end of Rottenrow … Love Loan was the pleasant wee lane that wandered through the Common Gardens”

The Heart of Glasgow, Jack House

A tucked-away lane near John Street and Martha Street, Love Loan was home to a wonderfully diverse collection of residents from its first appearance in records in the early 1800s – cane and fancy chairmakers, Singer sewing machines, glass paper and glue merchants, shopkeepers, coal dealers and cotton manufacturers – before the University of Strathclyde took up residency at number three from the 1930s right up until the late 1960s.

Come 1966, however, the College of Science and Technology vacated the street and it disappeared from record.


Advert for Thomas Wray ‘Cane and Fancy Chairmaker’ located at No. 1 Love Loan from the Post-Office annual Glasgow directory 1854-1855, National Library of Scotland, CC by 4.0


Advert for Peter Orr & Son ‘Glues, Glass Paper and Emery Cloth Agents’ located at No. 1 & 3 Love Loan from the Post-Office Annual Glasgow directory 1828–1896, National Library of Scotland, CC by 4.0


OS Scottish town plans, Glasgow 1857. Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland / CC by 4.0


Having uncovered the story of Love Loan and its disappearance from Glasgow’s city centre, our ambition now is to bring it back into public consciousness – to rediscover and recreate the dynamic vibrancy of the original Love Loan.

A stone’s throw from George Square, Queen Street Station, the University of Strathclyde and the Merchant City, Glasgow’s newest neighbourhood will be an exciting new location in which to immerse yourself. As was the case through 200 years of the original Love Loan, we’ll be bringing a diverse collection of occupiers to the new Love Loan – hotel and residential; health and wellbeing, food and drink, all with a real focus on community and sustainability.

For more information and to be a part of Love Loan, please email [email protected].